The word "Pineapple," is derived from the word pina, which was used to describe a pine cone by the Spanish.
Later, the pineapple was introduced to the Hawaiian Islands which are now the leading producers of this fruit.
Today, in the United States the pineapple can be marketed as fresh or canned and it is most widely used as tropical canned fruit in recipes. (Wellness Encyclopedia of Food and Nutrition, 1992)
Varieties of Pineapples
There are four types of pineapples mainly found in the marketplace. These include the Gold, smooth Cayenne, Red Spanish and Sugar Loaf. They are sold fresh and canned and all have a sweet flavor. The Gold variety features an extra sweet flavor, golden color, and higher vitamin C content.
Select pineapples with a nice fragrant smell. If possible choose pineapples that have been jet shipped from Hawaii or Central America because they will be the freshest. Avoid those pineapples with sour or fermented odors. It is really ripe if you can easily pull one of the leaves out of the top.
Store at room temperature for 1 or 2 days before serving to allow the pineapple to become softer and sweeter. Store in the refrigerator for 3 to 5 days or cut pineapple into chunks and store for up to 7 days. Cut up pineapple also freezes well.
How to Cut a Pineapple
- Cut off the top of the pineapple.
- Cut off the bottom of the pineapple.
- Slice the skin off of the pineapple's sides in long strips.
- Cut the pineapple into 2-inch slices.
- Use the tip of the knife to remove the hard, circular center.
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Like most fruits, pineapples are extremely nutritious. Pineapples contain little or no fat or cholesterol, and provide significant amounts of fiber, digestive enzymes, vitamin C, calcium, and potassium.
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